Mary Ann Archibald's paintings are valued for their expressive, painterly and often lyrical qualities. She especially enjoys painting people and things from life and plein air landscapes.
Archibald has exhibited her work throughout Canada. Her work is held in collections throughout North America.
Many pieces of original work are available from 2022, including plein air paintings from the Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival (PIPAF).
"Rowboat & Dock at High Tide (While it Lasted), a plein air painting done in Hall's Harbour won the "People's Choice Award" at the 2022 "Brush With Nature - en plein air" event and show in Kentville (2022)
Archibald's painting "Cobequid Trail at Low Tide No. 1" was selected for inclusion in the 2021 Municipality of Colchester's Permanent Collection.
Over the past few years and throughout the pandemic, Archibald has kept an active personal sketchbook and on location journal. Favourite locations involve beaches, trails and the Bay of Fundy.
In 2015 - 2016 she created a series of video interviews about local Nova Scotian Artists, including: Ivan Fraser, Susan Paterson, Wendie Wilson, Susan MacLeod, Leonard Paul, Leya Evelyn, Renee Forrestall and Philip Doucette. Please click here if you would like to explore those videos.
Archibald Studio Podcast is a new venture and so far has featured: Lesley Choyce (author, poet), Michael Chesley Johnson (artist, author), Joy Snihur Wyatt Laking (artist, author) and Steve Amirault (musician) Michale Fuller (artist), Krista Wells (author, artist), William (Bill) Rogers (artist), Shaughney Aston (textile artist) and Sherry Veinotte (textile artist). Search for "Archibald Studio Podcast" with your favourite podcast provider (Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcast etc.) or visit Archibald Studio and sign up to be first to know when new episodes are available.
In 2013 Archibald photographed staff at the Spring Garden Road and Halifax North Memorial libraries. Many of these photographs were painted by Cliff Eyland (1954 - 2020) and incorporated into the highly regarded "Library Cards" installation in the Halifax Central Library on Spring Garden Road, which opened in 2014.
When the popular television show, The Amazing Race (Season 3, Episode 4), visited Halifax in 2015, the contestants scanned through the Library Card installation to count the black and white images, which were based on Archibald's DSLR photos. (Spoiler alert, the correct answer is 134.)
In 2009 Democracy 250 commissioned Archibald to create William Hall, V.C.'s portrait, which hangs in the Nova Scotia legislature. In 2011, Lieutenant Governor, Her Honour, Mayan E. Francis' office commissioned a figurative landscape portrait painting of William Hall, V.C.
Archibald has published several books.
Archibald contributed to the revised "Nova Scotia, Shaped by the Sea" by Lesley Choyce (2007 ed Pottersfield Press).
Archibald is published in mass market publications and online including: The Chronicle-Herald, Outdoors Canada Magazine, Field & Stream, Truro Magazine (Editor & Writer), CBC Radio, WTN, Central Nova Business News (Editor & Writer), The Tatamagouche Light (Editor & Writer), Farm Focus of Atlantic Canada and more. Online, her work appears in eHow and other online publications. Her work has also appeared in literary journals The Amethyst Review and Open Heart Forgery.
Archibald continues her life-long passion and interest in the arts.